plural VIPs ˌvē-ˌī-ˈpēz How to pronounce VIP (audio)
: a person of great influence or prestige
especially : a high official with special privileges

Example Sentences

I was treated like a VIP at the reception. the VIPs insisted on being seated in the restaurant's private dining room

Word History


very important person

First Known Use

1933, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of VIP was in 1933

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Cite this Entry

“VIP.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

plural VIPs -ˈpēz How to pronounce VIP (audio)
: a person of great importance or fame

from very important person

Medical Definition


vasoactive intestinal peptide; vasoactive intestinal polypeptide
Although hypokalemia and acidosis are classically associated with secretion of vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP) by a neuroendocrine tumor, electrolyte abnormalities occur in other forms of chronic diarrhea.Roger Kapoor et al., The New England Journal of Medicine

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